Magh 11, Kathmandu. It is said that when you come, you bring a storm, and when you leave, you leave with silence.
This was applied to Jacinda Ardon’s life around 2017 when she took office as Prime Minister of New Zealand for the first time at the age of 37 and left office on Wednesday at the age of 42 with 9 months left in her term.
Jacinda’s Labor Party became the second party in parliament in the elections held in October 2017 in New Zealand. But after the coalition government was formed, the Labor Party got the opportunity to lead. Jacinda became the Prime Minister after the Labor Party elected her unopposed leader. At the age of 37, Jacinda became the prime minister of a party that carries the principles of ‘Pragmatic Center Left’ and became the main news in the media around the world. Some accused him of being a populist while others suspected him of immaturity.
Then, in the elections held in October 2020, the Labor Party alone won the majority. After that, Jacinda got the opportunity to continue to be the prime minister due to the number of her party in the parliament. But at the end of her tenure, she announced that she would resign from the post and give time to her family.
She managed to garner accolades for most of her tenure. She played a role in securing a single majority for the Labor Party by making the second party with 14 seats the first party with 64 seats. It was a time of joy for him in terms of achievements.
However, when he formally resigned from his post on Wednesday, the entire House of New Zealand became emotional. She was once again covered in media around the world. When she left the post, she left with shock rather than excitement.
BBC has mentioned the scene of Jacinda entering the parliament building in the capital, Wellington, ‘Jacinda entered the parliament after greeting hundreds of people present in the field. Each MP hugged him in turn. Serofero became emotional.’
As the leader of the majority party in the parliament, Jacinda, who is sitting as the prime minister, would have resigned from the post in the face of the upcoming elections in October. But she unexpectedly announced her resignation a week ago, saying that she had done as much as she could for the country and that she had no plans to do more.
It was natural that it became a matter of surprise for many when he announced that he would resign without any particular reason be it health, age or political constraints. She gave a simple reason, ‘I know what it takes to fulfill this responsibility. I also know that I do not have enough plans to sit in this responsibility and do justice.’
‘I am leaving because with such a privileged role comes responsibility. Such a responsibility, which makes you realize when you are the right person for leadership and when you are not,’ she further said, ‘It is a very simple matter.’
Although she believes that there will be a reason for her to remain in office and complete her term, she has made it clear that it has not happened.
She has announced that she will not only resign from the post without completing this term but also will not participate in the upcoming elections. She said that there is not enough time for the family and the child, and she said that she will give the time for them.
After announcing his resignation a week ago, there was a long discussion about who will be the next Prime Minister from the Labor Party. The Labor Party decided to make Chris Hipkins, who was the Minister of Education in Jacinda’s cabinet and who completed the duties of the Managing Minister during the Corona epidemic, as Prime Minister only on Tuesday.
Hipkins was praised for showing skill in managing the corona epidemic. He took the oath and assumed office after Jacinda’s resignation was accepted on Wednesday.
Before officially resigning from the post, Jacinda participated in the religious festival of New Zealand’s Raithane Maori community held in the capital Wellington on Tuesday for the last time as the Prime Minister. where she gave a brief review of her tenure as Prime Minister.
‘I have experienced such love, compassion, sympathy and kindness throughout my tenure that it has been my most important experience. I will be grateful for many years for giving me such a wonderful role,’ she said.
He had no advice for the new Prime Minister, Hipkins, except to say ‘you do it anyway’. She said, ‘The next time belongs to him (Hipkins). He should make his own place and become a leader of his own nature. I don’t have any advice that I can give. I can share my feelings with him. I can give notice of departure. But the future belongs to him.’
Now you will not see me commenting on internal politics. I have spent my time,’ she said in her last speech as the Prime Minister, ‘I am ready to be a backbench MP, I am ready to be a mother and a sister.’